Have you seen Visit England's list of 101 things to do in England before you go abroad? It's been up for several months, and I kept meaning to pick the top five I'd like to see and/or do from the list. Considering I won't be up to travelling abroad for a very long time to come (most likely), it's good to know there's much still left to see in England. There are places missing from the top 101 list that I'd like to go to, like Jodrell Bank, but overall it looks decent enough.
Name: Visit Stonehenge
Photo by Steve Allen
Most people I've spoken to who have visited Stonehenge seem to have left feeling disappointed. I think it'd be worth booking an out-of-hours visit so you can get closer to the stones - or visiting during the winter and summer solstice. Obviously the stone circle is old, but I didn't realise it's 5000 years old!
Name: Escape to Another Place
Photo by Phil Noble
On Crosby Beach, just north of Liverpool, there are 100 life-sized sculptures cast from Antony Gormley's own body. True, the figures do look rather creepy, but I would like to photograph them with my Diana+ camera, possibly using black and white film - however predictable and obvious that may be.
Name: St Michael’s Mount
"It’s not often you get to follow in a giant’s footsteps. But stroll across the causeway at low tide to St Michael’s Mount, legendary home of the Cornish giant Cormoran, and you can do just that. This diminutive island, steeped in myth and legend, is topped by a fairy-turreted castle, passed down through generations of the St Aubyn family and still a family home today."
That paragraph alone sold it to me; I've never been to Cornwall.
Name: Ride the Settle-Carlisle steam train
Location: Northern England
Photo by Rob Cousins
This journey must be nice enough on a regular train service, but I would prefer to take in the views on one of the steam trains that operate on the Settle-Carlisle line. I find trains exciting, in a non-nerdy way. However, my idea of a vintage train journey is travelling on an Intercity 125, which still excites me - I'm not a fan of these new-fangled trains with automatic doors. So, I'm certain I would find a steam train a whole lot of fun! I suppose you could pretend you're off to Hogwarts..
Name: Watch an open-air play
Photo by Ashley Cooper
"Carved into a granite cliff face on the southern tip of Cornwall, the Minack Theatre is a wonderfully unique theatrical experience, where audiences soak up opera, classic dramas and musicals in the sunshine or under the stars with the sparking Atlantic Ocean as an aptly dramatic backdrop."
Yet another place in Cornwall, sold to me by the description on the Visit England website. The Minack Theatre opened in 1932 with Shakespeare's The Tempest - which just happens to be the only Shakespeare play I enjoyed studying at school. I'm not much of a theatre fan, but I reckon it'd be difficult to enjoy a performance in such a beautiful place - under the stars, beside the sparkling Atlantic Ocean.
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